Why do older camera lenses have faster F-stops?

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Re: Good Depth of Field
In reply to Barrie Davis, Apr 16, 2013

Barrie Davis wrote:

Historically, "good DoF" has always meant plenty of depthto the DoF referred to...

.... and NOT the opposite (shallowness).

It is my opinion it would be nice if we could keep it that way, for the sake of continuity, and of clarity.

I couldn’t care less about whether a historical perspective entailed either a deep or a shallow DOF for good DOF, personally to me, a good DOF isn’t defined on such “fixed” terms, rather, how it renders for a situation. It could be shallow, it could be deep, or somewhere in between.

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